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Oman's Ministry of Social Development warns against illegal Ramadan charity collections


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Muscat: Individuals or organisations have been barred from raising funds and issuing advertisements for Ramadan charity  or soliciting donations by any means, including SMS and social media without due approval and a licence from the Ministry of Social Development.

In an advertisement published in the media, the ministry has said that the authorities would remove all fund collection boxes that do not carry licence or have licences that expire within a week.

The ministry will also confiscate those unlicensed funds, and the organisation putting out such collection boxes will be held accountable, said a warning issued by the Ministry of Social Development.

Ramadan charity
The warning has come in view of the possibility of a spate of fund collection activities in the name of charity during the month of Ramadan. The Ministry of Social Development has announced that it has noticed a proliferation of ads via SMS and other social media, and of fund raising companies, institutions and marketing and trading centres for the purpose of collecting money from the public for charity work.

It has also noticed collection boxes for in-kind supplies without obtaining an approval from the Ministry of Social Development.

The ministry is the competent authority for issuing licences for raising money from the public based certain regulations, rules and procedures of granting licences to raise money from the public, it said.

The ministry has urged the people and organisations to adhere to the provisions and regulations aforementioned, and not to collect money from the public by any means without obtaining a licence from the ministry.

The Times of Oman had recently reported that the government was planning to ban any fund raising exercise and would not allow such boxes to be placed inside mosques or super markets or hypermarkets.

To get in touch: faiz@timesofoman.com

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